Founders as fathers : the private lives and politics of the American revolutionaries /
Lorri Glover.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014], c2014
x, 324 p., 8 p.s of unnumbered plates : ill. ; 25 cm
0300178603 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780300178609 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014], c2014
0300178603 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780300178609 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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The last colonial patriarchs -- Independence -- Sacrifice -- Liberty and power -- A "natural aristocracy" -- "All other persons" -- "Ourselves and our posterity" -- Reputation -- Epilogue: Going home.
Surprisingly, no previous book has ever explored how family life shaped the political careers of America's great Founding Fathers--men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. In this original and intimate portrait, historian Lorri Glover brings to life the vexing, joyful, arduous, and sometimes tragic experiences of the architects of the American Republic who, while building a nation, were also raising families. The costs and consequences for the families of these Virginia leaders were great, Glover discovers: the Revolution remade family life no less than it reinvented political institutions. She describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by nineteenth-century descendants.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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